Monday, March 5, 2018

Double Portion Anointing

We have lost a great general in the Lord such as Billy Graham who had great favor in the Lord. But God, is moving over the earth. He says he will replace our generals with those who are hidden who will have a double portion.

2 Kings 2:9 "And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me."

When we look at the life of Elijah, he was a powerful man of God who did great exploits. Elisha received his mantle and received a double portion and did double feats into the Lord.

The Lord knows who these people are that God is going to raise up. These are people called to move in the double portion who are pure. They have prepared themselves like John the Baptist. The Lord will raise them up and they will position themselves until the Lord comes for His bride.

2 Kings 2:13-14 "He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over."

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Billy Graham's Death With Be A Sign

Billy Graham's Death is A Sign for Things to Come

The death of Billy Graham is one of those signs. Billy Graham's death is very significant to us as a sign.

What is the sign? One, his sign is a time of the grace from the Lord is leaving us. More and more we will see more wickedness like never before. A week before Billy Graham's death, we had a school shooting in Florida.

God hold back the hand of evil through men and women on earth who have great evangelistic abilities. They expand the kingdom of God. Billy Graham was a man that expanded the kingdom of God most of his life.

With his death, we lost one of the greatest generals expanding the kingdom of God. Things happen in the spirit realm when we have people that do such a thing.

The financial stability will become more unstable for the wealthy companies because of greed and stinginess. Not taking care of the poor or the widows. The age of grace will end soon.

We have had many men of women of God  leave this earth in the last 10 years. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump's Inauguration

A very important time in history. Many people in America do not trust our government and believe Donald Trump can make changes.

People, he is just a man. Yes, appointed by God like all kings and queens, and government presidents, etc.

He is a man that wants to save America. He is a man with much wealth and has seen things that many have not seen. When people have that type of wealth, they are invited to places considered secret and dark. I believe he has seen the darkness. I believe he is a man that wants to save America. I believe he is a man that has stopped the New World Order. I believe that is why the press, media, movie stars are all upset. You see many have sold their soul to wealth and power.

He is just a man and needs much prayer. Our country is divided. In fact, I see the Lord separating the people like wheat and tares. What a time to be alive. It is like light and darkness being separated. If you are conservative or Christian, it is unpopular.

God help us. This man needs prayer. This man needs protection as he enters into a circle of darkness and evilness around him. Washington is full of evil and dark people who want to ruin this great nation. Trump wants to bring this country into greatness to what has been lost over the years of evil men in high places.

God help us as this is an important day of Donald Trump's inauguration. He is the 45th president of the United States. A time when Christians need to press into prayer.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

God Is Doing A Separation

The Word of the Lord is that before the Lord returns for His saints, the world will be much like the time of Noah.

What did Noah's time look like?  It was a time of great evil on the earth.   (Genesis 4:4) As “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). The world was very immoral

Noah was on the earth when the Nephilim were present. The Nephilim were the giants.

What I saw in the spirit is that God is separating the wheat the tears. There is no more gray area. You can see the great divide and the evilness on the rise. 

Since this election, you can see the attacks on anyone who stands for righteousness. The depravity and ungodly lifestyles of the entire world at that time were enough to cause the Lord to “regret that He had made man” (Genesis 6:6). 

Jesus said that the world will be much the same before He returns to set up His earthly kingdom (Matthew 25:31–33). 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Zechariah 4-6, Visions of Future Glory

Zechariah is still receiving his repeated visions from the Lord. In the first three chapters we saw the visions speak of encouragement for the present, then move to encouragement in the promise of the Messiah. In chapters 4-6 I believe we see the same movement. The early visions of chapter four are going to give encouragement to the people for the present fulfillment of God’s blessings. But as we move closer to chapter 6, we will see the visions begin to give encouragement concerning the promised future fulfillment of God’s blessings through Jesus Christ.

Chapter 4 - Vision of the Gold Lampstand and Two Olive Trees
The lampstand (4:1-10)
Chapter 4 opens with the angel who had been talking with Zechariah in the previous visions returning to him and asking him what he sees. Zechariah responds that he sees a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it. Further, Zechariah sees two olive trees by it, one on each side. Zechariah then asks the angel what these things are, or more correctly, what do these things mean. The lampstand here is something that would have been well known to the Jews. The Hebrew word for “lampstand” is menorah and it is the word used of the lampstand that was to be placed in the tabernacle as instructed by God in Exodus 25 and 37. However, there are a couple of distinguishing attributes of this lampstand that Zechariah sees versus that which was in the tabernacle. The lampstand that Zechariah sees has a bowl at the top of it. Further, this lampstand has seven channels feeding into it so that oil could be poured into it from the two olive branches (4:12).

The angel gives to answer to Zechariah this is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel (4:6). The lampstand and its oil represents the word of the Lord. In this case it is the word of the Lord which is to be given to Zerubbabel. The message of the word of the Lord is “not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.” The vision to Zechariah is a message of encouragement to Zerubbabel. Remember that Zerubbabel was the leader of the first return of the exiles from captivity in 536 B.C. Under his leadership he was working with the people to rebuild the temple. The temple foundation was quickly laid, but because of political problems the temple was never completed. Sixteen years have now passed and the temple is still not completed. Imagine the discouragement Zerubbabel must have felt in trying to get the people to work for 16 years without any success. The word of the Lord has come to tell Zerubbabel it is God’s will to complete the work. The temple will be finished not because of human might or power, but through the will of God. The Lord proves His point in verse 7 by saying that the mighty mountain has been level ground. Thus, all of the obstacles which were standing in the way of the temple’s completion are now removed. Further, Zerubbabel will be part of the finishing process, for he will lay the capstone of the temple. In verses 8-10 we see that the word of the Lord explicitly tells us that this is the meaning of the lampstand. Zerubbabel had laid the foundation to the temple and now he will be able to finish the work. Nothing will stop the work for God has purposed its completion. There would be great joy and the shouts of “grace to it” when Zerubbabel pick up the plumb line and finished the work.

The two olive trees (4:11-14)
But Zechariah wants to know the meaning of the two olive branches which are standing to the right and left of the lampstand. The angel responds that these two branches are “the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.” The general consensus among commentators is that these two anointed ones are Joshua and Zerubbabel. Joshua, acting as the high priest for the people, was to be anointed according to the law. The king, inferred to be Zerubbabel who was acting as governor, was also to be anointed according to the law. I believe this interpretation has some difficulties, which James Burton Coffman expresses in his commentary. The difficulties to me are twofold. First, Zerubbabel was not king and was not an anointed one in the sense of the vision. Further, how can it be that Zerubbabel and Joshua are the branches feeding the oil to the lampstand, which we have noticed is the word of God? Second, Revelation 11:4-6 uses the same description of the two olive branches but gives us more description. There we see that the two who stand before the Lord are those who “have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have the power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire” (Revelation 11:6). These seem to be obvious descriptions of powers exerted by Elijah and Moses, respectively. These two are a representation of the law and prophets. This makes more sense that these two are the ones providing the oil into the lampstand in the vision. The law and the prophets are the word of God and the promises of God’s word were now going to come to pass. That which had been prophesied by previous prophets like Ezekiel and Daniel concerning a rebuilding is now in the process of taking place. This understanding helps round out the meaning of the vision. God’s word would come to pass and the promises of God would be upheld. Zerubbabel’s work would be accomplished. God was leveling the obstacles that stood in the way of His people serving Him.

Chapter 5
Vision of the flying scroll (5:1-4)
Zechariah now looks and sees a flying scroll. The scroll’s length was 30 feet and its width was 15 feet. It is interesting to note at the least that these are the same dimensions as the porch of Solomon built before the entrance of the temple. The flying scroll is also the same dimensions as the Holy Place of the tabernacle. Since the size is the same as these two things, we are likely seeing the communication of the law and holiness in these dimensions. The flying scroll represents the curse that goes over the whole land against those who steal and those who swear falsely. In this vision we have a reminder that sin will not be tolerated and warning against those who would be careless with the law of God. The people of Israel had been in captivity for 70 years because of such carelessness and it seems that some of the people were relapsing into those same errors.

Vision of a woman in a basket (5:5-11)
Zechariah now looks and sees a basket that is going out. This basket represented the iniquity in the land. As Zechariah is looking, he sees the lead lid of the basket lifted and inside is a woman. The woman represents wickedness, is thrust back into the basket, and the lid is thrust back down. Two women come and lifted up the basket between heaven and earth. Zechariah asks where the two women are taking the basket. The angel responds that it is going to the land of Shinar, to build a house for it.

This vision has a couple of points to understand. First, we see the removal of the sins of the people. Their sins had been very great and grievous against the Lord, causing His anger to burn hot and destroy them. The people have returned from their punishment in captivity and now God is showing them that those sins have been removed and taken to a far away land. The other point that seems to be made in the vision is that there is a growing wickedness developing in Shinar. Shinar is known as the first world kingdom found by Nimrod in Genesis 10:10-11. But Shinar was also a reference to Babylon. Though by this point Babylon had been conquered by Persia, Shinar and Babylon still stood as a reference for the world nations of wickedness that stand against God. In Revelation we see the use of the name Babylon to represent a wicked world power that stood against God’s kingdom. In this vision we are getting a glimpse that the evil powers have not been destroyed completely yet, even though the people’s sins are removed and they are building in Jerusalem.

Chapter 6
The vision of four chariots (6:1-8)
Zechariah now looks and sees four chariots coming from between two mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horse, the second had black horses, the third had white horses, and the fourth had dappled horses. Zechariah asks the angel what these are. The angel responds that these are the going out of the four winds of heaven. They are also described as those who patrol the earth, as seen earlier in Zechariah 1. The use of the four winds of heaven is an image of judgment. Jeremiah 49:36, “Against Elam I will bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and scatter them toward all those winds.” In Revelation 7:1 we see the four angels standing at the four corners of the earth restraining the four winds until the servants of God were sealed. Again this was an image of holding off judgment until the people of God were marked for protection. Therefore in this vision we are seeing the judgments of God going out against the world nations. In the last vision of the woman in the basket, we saw that the wicked nations would not be shattered yet. Now, in the vision of the four chariots, we see the judgments going out against these wicked nations. In Zechariah 1 we see the horsemen patrolling the earth and reporting that all is at rest. Now we see the report that the judgments of God are being poured out. The rest of this chapter shows us how God’s judgments were coming.

The crown for Joshua (6:9-15)
We are not told that Zechariah is seeing a vision in this section. Therefore, Zechariah is performing a picture sermon, such as Ezekiel did by laying on his side for 390 days and 40 days for the sins of Israel and Judah. Zechariah is going to act out some things to represent a future glory. Zechariah is told to take silver and gold from the exiles and make a crown. Then he is to set the crown on the head of Joshua the high priest. In performing this act, Zechariah would say, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord.” We have already seen the name of the Branch used in Zechariah 3:8 who would remove the sins of the people in a single day. The Branch is therefore a very clear reference to the Messiah, Jesus. Notice the descriptions of the Branch in this passage.

He shall branch out from this place. The prophecy says that the Messiah would come from among His own people. This would be a reminder of the prophecy of Isaiah who said, “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground” (Isaiah 53:2). God is reiterating His promise of the Messiah.

He shall build the temple of the Lord. Now Zechariah had already prophesied that Zerubbabel would place the capstone on the temple and complete its building. Therefore, Zechariah is prophesying of a spiritual temple that the Messiah would build. Ephesians 2:19-22 says, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

He shall bear royal honor/clothed in majesty. Hebrews 2:9 says, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” Through His sacrifice, the Messiah would receive great glory and honor.

He shall sit and rule on His throne. Acts 2:30 says, “Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne.” When Christ resurrected, He sat down on the throne and began to rule in His kingdom.

He shall be a priest on His throne. This is the meaning of the action sermon of Zechariah. To place the crown on Joshua was a sign that there would be a high priest who would reign as king. Of course, under the old covenant this was not possible. The king came from the tribe of Judah and the priests came from the tribe of Levi. However, Zechariah prophesied that there would be a high priest to rule on the throne. In Hebrews 5:5-10 the writer shows us that Christ was high priest after the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was high priest of God and king of Salem, and after this order Jesus Christ would rule as king and as high priest in the house of God. This would not cause a state of war, but there would be peace and harmony as Christ would unite the two offices.

Those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the Lord. The phrase “those who are far off” is a reference to the Gentiles. In Acts 2:39 Peter said, “The promise is to you and your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Jews and Gentiles would take part in the building of the Lord’s house as all who would come to Him would be spiritual stones (1 Peter 2:5).

The chapter concludes with “and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.” This is the same structure that we saw in Zechariah 2:11. It is the Messiah speaking that the people would know that the Lord had sent him to them. This again proves that these promises were messianic and were fulfilled in the days of the Messiah.

Final Lessons
Jesus, the perfect fulfillment of prophecy
In these chapters we see that Jesus is the only person who could fulfill the prophecies made concerning the messiah. Jesus had to fulfill the law so that no curse could be placed upon Him, rendering His sacrifice ineffective. Jesus is the only person who could trace His lineage back and reign as a king and yet still offer mediation for us as a high priest. We ought to not only be in awe of the perfect life that He led, but we truly need to in awe that there was a person who could come and fulfill all of these things. The Jews did not think that the Messiah could be embodied in one person because there were so many prophecies concerning what He would do. Yet Jesus was able to be born in a little town of Bethlehem, grow up in Nazareth, accurately teaching concerning the kingdom of God, living according to the law of Moses, teach as someone who had authority from God, establish God’s kingdom through His death, resurrection, ascension, sending the Holy Spirit, and shattering the world nations. Jesus, who could ascend to heaven itself and enter the true tabernacle of God and make sacrifice for our sins on the mercy seat of God. Jesus, who could ascend into heaven itself and sit down on the throne of God and be given all power and rule. Jesus, as the only answer to the mystery of how Jews could have salvation from their sins and how Gentiles could be brought near to God, creating a new humanity and creation known as the Christian. Who else could fulfill all of these prophecies? Who else could possibly have dared to try? We see the hand of God working miraculously and providentially to bring about the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Jesus, the perfect judge of the enemies
Chapter 6 also depicts the judgment upon the enemies of God. Jesus has established His kingdom and it has already been prophesied that He will rule until all the enemies are destroyed. Many of the enemies of God have already been destroyed. History has shown the fall of Assyria, the fall of Babylon, the fall of Persian, the fall of Greece, the fall of Jewish kingdom, and the fall of Rome. All of these events were prophesied in the scriptures. Who would be crazy enough to stand against the kingdom of Jesus Christ? The outcome is sure—defeat. It is the same as what we think in our minds when we saw Iraqi armies going against the armies of the United States. Iraq was outmanned, outgunned, and resoundingly lost the battle. Those that were wise surrendered to the forces of the United States. We are outgunned and outmanned by the kingdom of God. We cannot stand against it and succeed. We may think that we are succeeding right now in living the way we like. But the outcome is assured and the battle is won. Will we be wise and surrender to the Lord? Zechariah 6:15 says, “…if you will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Surrender is not defeat. Surrender is victory for the Lord has promised to give us the spoils of His victory in Ephesians 4:7-8. Obey the Lord today and be joined with the Messiah in victory.

Olive trees play a prominent role in scripture, not only are they the source of oil for the light in the Temple, but the doors of the Temple were made from Olive trees, as well as the carved Cherubs which covered the Mercy Seat in the Temple. (I Kings 6:23, 31-33).

The Mount of Olives, which stands opposite Jerusalem, facing the Temple’s East Gate, plays a prominent role in scripture. King David climbed the Mount of Olives crying as he was rejected by the people, in favor of his rebellious son Absalom (2 Sam. 15:30). Upon the Mount Jesus was taken into Heaven on a cloud (Acts

Jesus In The Lampstand

Light of the World
The purpose of this article is looking at the deeper things of God in His Word.  All the pieces of furniture in the tabernacle of Moses all represent something and is repeated some time in the new testament.  This page, as I receive more revelation, more will be posted. Everything points to God then ultimately Jesus.

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man . . . (Rev 1:13
Exodus 25:31 - 39
  • The Lamp Stand was made of Pure Gold, no dimensions were specified
  • The Candlestick was hammered out of One Piece of Pure Gold
  • Its accessories were pure golden wick trimmers and trays
  • 7 Pure Gold Lamps were on top of the Candlestick
  • The Candle Stick was made out of 1 Talent of Gold (34 kgs)

The tabernacles is divided into three (3) sections, the courtyard, the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies.  The lampstand was in the area of the sanctuary, which had a table on which were twenty loaves of bread, a golden seven-branch candlestick, or lampstand, with seven lamps, and the altar of incense, that is, an altar on which the priests burned incense.

The Holy Place illuminated by a golden lampstand which bore seven lamps. The lampstand thus had two functions: to contribute to the splendour of the Holy Place (since it was made of gold) and to give light so that the priests could minister there. The Most Holy Place had no need of light, since the presence-cloud illuminated it constantly.

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. (Rev. 1:20).

The scriptures teach that the Menorah was and is esteemed of God a symbol extraordinaire.

-The Lamp of God - The Light of God

... I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of Gold ... and his seven lamps thereon ..." (Zech. 4:2).

This lampstand symbolizes many things such as the Nation of Israel, the Church, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the Seven Spirits of God, even the Lord Jesus Christ himself as "the light of the world."

The first mention of the menorah is mentioned in Exodus 25:31-40. Moses just returned from his encounter with the Lord on Mt. Sinia with instructions of the Tabernacle.

All of the furnishings of the temple including the lampstand were to be constructed according to the "pattern" of heavenly things - the heavenly blueprint.  Apparently Moses was permitted to peer into the heavenlies and there to see the divine pattern for praise, worship, and service , the system employed by the heavenly hosts themselves from the time of creation. Hebrews 8:5 speaks of this event: ". . .  John himself in Revelations 4 was actually seeing the heavenly tabernacle during the feast of Trumpets - representing the future rapture of the church. 

The number 7 - seven branches on the menorah.  Seven seemed to be used to represent an act of "completion" or "perfection" e.g. -

•Pharaoh's dream (which led to Joseph's rise to power) had 7 fat cattle and 7 starved cattle.
•The lampstand in the Temple had 7 branches (as seen today in the Menorah)
•The Israelite annual holy days were filled with measurements of 7, including the Days of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles which each have 7 days.
•There are 7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost.
•The Israelites were to give the land itself a rest every 7th year.
•The Israelites marched around Jericho for 7 days before its fall, when 7 priests blew 7 trumpets 7 times
•There are 7 recorded statements of Jesus while He was on the cross
•Coincidently or not, Jerusalem is 777 meters above sea level
•The 7 churches, with their 7 spirits, in Revelation
•The 7 stars, 7 Seals, 7 trumpets, 7 candlesticks, 7 vials of end-time prophecy.

*The knops, flowers and bowls appear to add up to seventy plus two. The number 70 plays the dominant role in Biblical expression and numerology. Concerning the candlestick the first-century Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus confirms "It was made with its knops, and lilies, and pomegranates, and bowls (which orna-ments amounted to seventy in all);"

The lampstand was made to look like a tree. It had members that demonstrated the 3 stages of life:1) buds - potential 2) flowers - beauty 3) almonds - fruit

All 3 were present at the same time. The lampstand and members all pointed to the Lord. It was a "vehicle of light" of God, "I am the light of the world." The lampstand was a method of self-revelation (making God known to man). This is the purpose of "the word" in John 1:1.

The lampstand was solid gold, not gold "plated". The laver was wood and copper, The ark was wood and gold. They had 2 natures/materials due to the 2 natures of our Lord: humanity - to die (God can not die) = High Priest-know man’s infirmities God - divine to endure fires of Calvary = Priest forever.

The Process of Gold vs. the Believer

When gold is taken out of the earth, it is fit for nothing. In order to make it useable it must pass through the purifying fires. It is at this point that the impurities are removed for it is the fires where that which is pure gold is manifest. After the gold is brought to this point it can be fashioned in the hands of the gold smith. The process can be painful and take a long time, for the gold must submit to the hammers and beating work of the smith. In this process the gold has to go through a lot, but when the work is done, it is a thing of rare beauty.

This process is typical of that which God works in His Church.God, by His Spirit, is purifying and sanctifying His Church by means of fiery trials, testings and sufferings. Through it all the Church will come forth as pure gold, and it will conform to the Divine pattern that God has fore-ordained (Isaiah 52:14, Isaiah 53:4-5, Job 23:10, 1 Peter 1:7, 2 Peter 1:4, 1 John 3:3).

A goldsmith once pointed out, that hammering gold makes it stronger. As we are hammered into objects of usefulness and beauty, we are strengthened in Him:

“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor.4:8-9).

When we are called to endure suffering, in whatever form it comes, we are sharing the suffering of Christ.

The ark pictures the Lord Jesus’ human and divine natures. The laver that of the Holy Spirit baptizing the regenerated. The pure gold lampstand = the deity of the Lord Jesus = the word of God because the word was God!

The word of God (= the Lord Jesus) was the agent of creation (Jn 1:1). Where and what was the source to create all these things?

The buds on the lampstand

The buds on the lampstand take the mind back to Aaron’s rod that budded, a picture of Christ in resurrection life. Christ is the source and vehicle God uses to provide the life of God to His own. The gold symbolizes the divine glory involved.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

The secret of success revealed in Zech 4:6 = "by my spirit, saith the LORD..." The Holy Spirit represents the oil in the lamp. The lampstand (symbol of testimony) is maintained by the HOLY SPIRIT of God. Where do we see this fulfilled in the NT?

Producing Fruit:

John 15:1-4 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

From Genesis to Revelation when you consider that it represented the presence of all truth, hence the light of the world? God informed Moses that the Menorah was to be located in what was known as the "Holy Place" in the sanctuary of God.

It was the only source of light in the wilderness tabernacle as it continued to be in all future Temples except for the annual glowing of the Shechinah glory visitation in the Holiest of Holies.

He was commanded to build a sanctuary according to the "heavenly" pattern. It was to contain such imagery as the candlestick, a table of shewbread, altars, the ark of the covenant, golden cherubims of glory, angelic figurines embroidered on the inner curtains of the sanctuary and many other items that Moses had seen in his heavenly vision.

The Menorah an ever present symbol of truth - the Light of Christ. "The Lamp of  God" - the Menorah is a timeless symbol of eternity.  God is eternal and determining our path can be eternal.

The Menorah was not referred to as the "Lamp of the Jews" or the "Lamp of the Temple" nor the "Lamp of the Synagogue" but the "Lamp of God". Because it was God who designed it, had it constructed, and commanded its use (Ex 25:31, Number 8:2-4).

Lamp of God the Word of God

The Lamp of God, which is the Word of God (Psa. 119:105) and our understanding of it.  If when we are perplexed in life, the Word of God is a light to the pathway for direction.  Even though today, the hebrew heritage has been so eroded over time starting back approximately 400 AD during the time of Constantine.  The light of God shall the kingdom of heaven likened unto ten virgins - being ready and in season.

The Ten Virgins
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. . . .While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. ... And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. (Mt 25:1,2,5,8).

There was a time when a woman was being betrothed, she did not know when the bridgegroom was ready and come after her.  She had to be ready and prepared to leave at any notice.  Jesus will come at a twinkle of an eye and the church will be taken out so we must be ready.

If we are to shine forth as lamps in a world of darkness as Jesus indicated (Luke 12:35), God's word must become very precious to us and an accelerated understanding of it a high priority. Apathy toward truth is undoubtedly one of the subtle sins of our time.  In Revelations it talks about the 7th church being in apathy.

Lets look at the vision Zechariah had: And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: . . .Then he answered  and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel,[the restorer] saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zech. 4:2,6).

The Menorah symbolizes the seven-fold spirit of God at work in the restoration efforts taking place in Jerusalem.

It is only through a complete seven-fold anointing that doctrinal unity and maturity can be brought to the body of Christ to insure our success in God's purposes. The restoration was symbolized by the candlestick.

After captivity in Babylon, the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalum and the temple of God and the anointing of the church to proclaim the gospel to the nations (Mt. 24:14) and bring the restoration of all things.

The Menorah symbol such as the cross, the lamb, the dove or the fish that are of common use throughout Christendom today.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. ( Mt. 5:14-17)

The church here is represented by the symbol of the candlestick. The lesson is that the Church must become the light of the world (a reflection of the Word of God). The book of Revelation gives substantial affirmation to this assertion when the angel states:

... the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. (Rev. 1:20) with our Lord walking up and down the isles of the church.

The spirit of Love is central to the very essence and nature of God as is demonstrated in the symbolism of the candlestick. The center lamp of the Menorah is, in Hebrew, called the Ner Elohim the "Lamp of God" as well as Shamash. Since the scriptures teach that "God is love" (1 Jo 4:8), one might even call this center light the "Love Lamp" amidst the seven.

Today, there seems to be a bridge connecting the gentiles with the Jews. An awakening to the roots of Judism and the symbolic meanings.

The Seven Spirits

Finally, we see seven flames of fire, a heavenly Menorah as it were, blazing before the throne in heaven:

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. (Rev. 4:5)

What are the seven spirits of God and what is their mission? Isaiah the prophet is very specific on this point:

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isa 11:2)

The purpose for mentioning these seven spirits ablaze before the throne of God is to show that the principles of the candlestick are also manifested in the heavenlies. For the Church to be a living lampstand in the earth, and the light on a "candlestick" that Jesus predicted (Mt 5), all of these seven spirits of God must be burning in our personal lives, as well as in the corporate Church. The seven-branched candlestick was given to constantly remind us of that important truth. Even a casual observer of the scripture must draw that conclusion.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (Rev 5:6)

Liturgy of lights

Pastor: And I saw seven spirits of God burning before the throne!

Congregation: The Spirit of Love (Lord)

The Spirit of Wisdom

The Spirit of Understanding

The Spirit of Counsel

The spirit of Knowledge

The spirit of Strength

(and) The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord

Corporate: Jesus is the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Now we are the light of the world!

We will shine forth as lights in a world of darkness!

Lord Jesus Christ, you are our light and our salvation! Amen!

(Ref. from Rev. 4:5, Isa. 11:1-2, Jn. 1:9, Mt. 5:14, Ph. 2:15, Ps 27:1)

The Menorah can be effectively used at wedding ceremonies, infant dedications, home dedications, the dedication of a business or any other occasion where a declaration of the seven spirits of God would be appropriate.

The candlestick is the Biblical symbol of the Church.

Thoughts About The Cross To Think About

While the preaching of the cross and its message is indeed "the power of God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16), so horrible was the scene at the cross, that the Heavenly Father could not bring Himself to look upon it. Therefore it is possibly doubtful that Jesus, if He was on earth, would encourage the historic emphasis and high profile we have placed on the emblem of the cross. For the Christians it is very symbolic what the Lord did for us on the Cross. Although the message of sacrifice and redemption would have remained the same. Indeed, it is entirely possible that He would even discourage its being excessively displayed.

To reach the Jews to the Lord, the menorah can be used to bridge relationship to bring them to the cross.

The cross represents the excruciating torment our Lord and Savior endured for us "endured the cross despising the shame" (Heb. 12:2). What is interesting is the cross is so glaringly missing, indeed totally absent, from the abundance of symbolism to be found in the book of the "Revelation of Jesus Christ." It is simply nowhere there to be found. It makes you wonder why the cross is not even mentioned but the menorah is - the seven lampstands since Jesus is the Light of the World.

The seven lampstands represents the church and the church age. The seventh church is possibly where the church is today.

On the other hand, He would no doubt be heartened and thrilled at the sight of the golden candlestick, which is so profoundly meaningful in the revelation of who He is in the power of His resurrection and the light of His presence. Something not really taught in the church today since the time of Constantine. As we more fully appreciate the significance of this magnificent symbol, we will join with the angel to declare "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord" (Zec 4:6).

Jesus said that we were to be the "light of the world." And that we were to put our light on a candlestick (Mt. 5:15). Could it be that the candlestick would surpass the cross as the symbol for representing the Christian church? Probably not, but at the very least, it should be included.

by: Traci Morin
Servant and Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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The Sabbath Rest

There are two important things to consider here. Number one, the Sabbath was given to Israel as the 'sign' of an everlasting Covenant between God and His people in remembrance that it was God who sanctified them (Exodus 31:13-16), and because they should remember God's work in bringing them out of the bondage of Egypt (Deuteronomy 5:13-15). And number two, it was instituted as a day of rest from their labours (Exodus 31:17), coinciding with and commemorating God's rest from His. It was to be observed on the seventh day (saturday), and was to be a Holy day wherein their work would cease.

Matthew 5:17
  • "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil".
The law was completed or fulfilled. This is what so many theologians do not understand. Christ didn't do away with the old testament laws, He was that to which those laws pointed. He is the fruition of them.
Luke 24:44
  • "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."
Christ fulfilled these old covenant laws which pointed to Him. We now celebrate Christ (the passover Lamb) by the communion service in remembrance of his broken body. In other words, we now recognize that the law of Moses in actual sacrificing of an animal, was merely an old testament 'sign' pointing to the real sacrifice of his body. And with the coming of the real, our eyes are upon it and not any longer upon the 'sign' looking forward to it. We are now looking backward. i.e., the old testament law of the 'passover sacrifice' looked forward to the broken body of Christ, the 'communion service' looks back at the broken body of Christ. The method of observance has changed, but the observance has not. In Christ, we keep the law of the passover forever. The blood of the passover lamb in the true, shed once, and for all.

Likewise the law of the Gifts, the Temple, the Scapegoat, the Altar, the High Priest, the Sabbath, the Atonement, etc., they were all mere shadows of the true. They were not the true, but a shadow thereof. We can see this illustrated in the book of Hebrews:
Hebrews 8:2-5
  • A Minister of the Sanctuary, and of the True Tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.
  • For every High Priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
  • For if He were on earth, He should not be a Priest, seeing that there are Priests that offer gifts according to the law:
  • Who serve unto the Example and a Shadow of heavenly things."
Hebrews 10:1-2
  • "for the LAW having a Shadow of good things to come, and not the
  • Very Image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect."

Exodus 31:13
  • "Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you."
It was a sign or signification between God's children and Him that they know they are sanctified or made Holy by God. Again, something which can only happen in Christ as they are delivered from the bondage of sin.
Colossians 1:22
  • "In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:"
Matthew 28:1
  • "In the end of the Sabbaths, as it began to dawn towards the First of the Sabbaths, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the Sepulchre."
It was the end of the old testament Sabbaths, and the dawning of the new testament Sabbaths. In the 'translation' of your Bible it may read first of the 'week' (an unfortunate translation) but the word there is Sabbaths [sabbaton] from the root Hebrew word [Sabbath]. In that verse of Matthew 28:1, the two words, one translated 'week' and the other 'Sabbath,' are the identical words, the plural of [sabbaton]. i.e., Sabbaths! We can understand why translators made this error, as it doesn't 'seem' correct to say, 'in the end of the Sabbaths (plural), as it began to dawn towards the first of the Sabbaths (plural).' But when we understand that it was speaking of an end to the old testament era of Sabbaths and the beginning (dawn) of a new testament era of Sabbaths, it makes perfect sense. We can readily understand (though not condone) why they decided to translate one sabbaton as week and the other identical sabbaton as Sabbath (singular), but in the Greek they both are the identical plural words Sabbaths. This is confirmed by Greek scholars, and there is nothing in the Greek text itself which would promote the translating these same two plural Greek words for sabbaths, differently here.

In the New Testament epistles there are only 2 references to the Sabbath (Col.2:16; Heb.4:4), both these passages the apostle Paul clearly explains that the day is not a required day to be observed by Christians. To the Hebrews in the Old Covenant they were under obligation in the New Covenant neither Jews nor gentiles are. There is no command after the death and resurrection for the Church to keep the Sabbath as an obligation to Christ.

Why not. Hosea 2:11: “I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her New Moons, her Sabbaths-- all her appointed feasts.” Here we have God himself saying these will come to an end, he is the cause of it. This is not an permanent end, and can be applied to Israel in her captivity or it can certainly fit in with the New Testament dispensation. Didn’t Jesus keep the Sabbath? Yes, but for what reason? He was born under the law and kept all the law, if He violated even the smallest point he would have been disqualified to be the messiah. He would have become a transgressor and a sinner like us. Gal.4:4 says, “God sent forth his son, made of a woman, born under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.” Jesus was the only one who kept it perfectly. There are many who make an issue of Jesus being our example so we should imitate him in everything. Well, Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day, he observed all the feast days, He also kept the entire law of Moses (613  commands). He never married, never had a permanent home. He also was very bold standing up to those who challenged the Word and His teaching. In His miracles He walked on water, healed people of organic diseases instantly and resurrected many. Can we really use only the Sabbath as a means of following him and discard the rest. The point is that he kept all the law even the smallest parts including what is called the law of Moses that was applicable to him (ceremonial, civil, dietary, etc. Certain portions of the law Jesus was not under, such as sacrifices for sin).   Do law keepers keep the 613 commands? The Jews did.
 Didn't Paul keep the Sabbath? He went into the Jewish synagogues to preach to the Jews on their Sabbath day in Acts.13:14-43, 17:2, 18:4. He kept it as a custom to the Jews but it was not an obligation. We need to make a distinction of the reason why it was kept not just that it was observed. In Acts 13:42-43, They did not go to worship by obligation under the law but simply for the reason that this was the best means of reaching their brethren. Paul and Barnabas had the freedom to assemble any day they had wished. As they congregated together in the temple they invited Paul and Barnabas to come back the following Sabbath to speak to them more about the Gospel, many of the Jews and Gentile proselytes to Judaism followed them Paul and Barnabas admonished them to hold fast to the grace of God. Now where is grace found? In Christ, verses 44-52 Paul and Barnabas returned the following Sabbath to preach the Gospel to nearly all the inhabitants of Antioch, who were anticipating to hear their message. But they were met with stiff opposition from other Jews and Gentile converts to Judaism from the city. They became very jealous of their success with the people, so they expelled Paul and Barnabas from the area. It wasn’t the law Acts 13 that was being preached, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ, grace, of which they began training them in. this is not any proof that they kept the Sabbath under the New covenant. Paul gives us the reason why he kept the law in 1 Cor.9:19-20: “For though I am free from all men, yet I have made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And to the Jews I became a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law (the Jews), as under the law, that I might win those under the law . To those who are without a law (not being without a law toward god but under the law toward Christ) I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
Simple answer, he made it clear he was not under the law but purposely put himself under it to reach those who were. Paul placed himself in many different situations, as one under the law (including the Sabbath) so he could reach the Jews with the Gospel. He became all things to all men so that he could present the gospel of grace, the only means of salvation. Paul’s model of evangelism was to the Jew first until they rejected his message; he then turned to the Gentiles.
There is no record of Christians congregating outside the temple of Jews on the Sabbath, only in the temple. This mix was those who believed and those who did not. Certainly believers do not worship along with those who do not. What makes this interesting is that there are no more references to keeping the Sabbath after Acts 18:4-7. This makes one wonder with the church becoming more Gentile than Jewish this fact would certainly be addressed in Acts 15 or the epistles if wrong, but it is not. Certainly it would have been presented as an opportunity for correction as the gentiles were entering the Church. Since they would not be familiar with worshipping on the Sabbath day as the custom of Judaism. In Acts 15 this letter is written to address the essential things required for the fellowship of Jewish and Gentile Christians together. The keeping of the weekly Sabbath, or the observance of any feast day, are not mentioned. There is no command of eating clean and unclean foods, only a command to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, food containing blood, and food resulting from animal strangulation. This letter to the Gentile Christians was written by the guidance of the Holy Spirit through Jewish Christian elders who counseled together in the Jerusalem Church.
Their conclusion was “Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? Acts 15:9: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Vs.21 “For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath (Acts 15:24-25) Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law'-- to whom we gave no such commandment!”No such commandment, why? Because they were under a new covenant.
The epistles were mostly corrective letters reinforcing what was taught in person by the apostles and to add further revelation to what had already been taught. There was absolutely no warning against Sunday worship that would be construed as pagan worship. In fact we find it is the very opposite, they were given freedom where they did not have before. Col.2:16 mentions not to judge on days, and Romans 14:6 says that we can pick whatever day we want to observe to the Lord.
From the primordial Church there was a transition (Acts 20:7). The writings show the early Jewish Christians kept both without any conflict, not like there is today. There was no challenge on this, unlike circumcision and the law that became a huge issue.
They along with the apostle Paul believed Rom. 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” By trusting in Christ's work the law is fulfilled perfectly. Christ is the end Greek- telos meaning he is the goal of its intent. he completed it and we enter into what he did by faith. Some questions to ask yourself, who or what did the apostles preach, a day or the death and resurrection of the Savior? What saves someone? This is the message of the NT. There are three options, you can keep the Sabbath day and never be saved by Christ. You can be saved by Christ and never keep the Sabbath day or you can be saved and keep the Sabbath day by personal choice, but you cannot say for one to be saved they MUST keep the Sabbath.

The Sabbath is Elohim's sign, the seal of his authority and his mark of ownership on the believer.  It was given by Elohim at creation to benefit mankind whom he had created in His image.  Elohim wants all men to benefit from his plan to give them rest and fellowship every seventh day.
The Sabbath was properly observed by Messiah and his disciples.  The book of Hebrews strongly exhorts all believers to join Elohim in his seventh day rest as a precursor to joining Elohim in His kingdom rest.  Those who refuse to rest on the seventh day are like the Israelites of old who hardened their hearts against Elohim's way.  Ultimately, refusal to obey Elohim will result in Elohim rejecting the stubborn ones from entrance to his eternal kingdom.
Let it be so that all who love Messiah and are covered by his atoning blood will join the Master and Savior in resting on the seventh day of the week in humble obedience to Elohim's loving plan for each one of us.